April 2015 ABM Happy Mail Review

This month I finally found a couple things that weren’t satisfactory with this subscription, though I’ll admit one of those things is 100% not the fault of A Beautiful Mess.

The first thing that sort of annoyed me was how late my subscription arrived. The first packages start arriving around the 12th of the month — which I know because people start posting the content of this month’s subscription on Instagram. Spoilers much? My package didn’t arrive until April 22, much later than others. Normally I wouldn’t mind, but SPOILERS! I love surprises and I wish I would have been able to avoid the spoilers a bit more this month.

The second thing — totally not ABM’s fault either — was that when I finally DID receive my package, the mail carrier practically folded the envelope in half to shove it into my mailbox! When I received the February package, it was left outside my door, and both March and April ended up in my mailbox. April’s package was delivered by UPS, not USPS, and the extent of the folding was pretty severe – this month’s print and one of the cards was damaged, which was kind of disappointing.

Aside from the items that were damaged, everything else was fine, and I was pretty pleased with the quality of this month’s items.

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Print with glitter lettering
Days of the Week notepad
Washi tape samples
1 postcard
5 folded cards with envelopes
3 flat cards with envelopes

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New Review at Girls in Capes

I’m stoked about my newest review on Girls in Capes!

Lois Lane: Fallout is a contemporary YA with a touch of sci-fi focusing on Superman’s love interest, Lois, as a high school student before she ever meets Clark Kent. It’s one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

I fangirled so hard that Switch Press even posted about it on Twitter:

Definitely check out this review — and I would highly recommend the book itself to all my friends.

It’s National Card and Letter Writing Month!

Typically, I don’t place stock in random holidays. Sometimes I observe different monthly themes – Women’s History Month is a personal favorite of mine – but there aren’t many that I do observe.

But I recently learned that April is National Card and Letter Writing Month as observed by the United States Postal Service. This year, the USPS partnered with Scholastic to provide classrooms with a writing program and teaching guide for over 80,000 teachers across the country, and there’s even a special Forever stamp for the occasion.

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Spring Anime 2015: The Launchboard

It’s been over a week since the spring anime season started, but my schedule’s been so loaded I haven’t had the chance to write about the anime I’ll be starting this spring!  The list is pretty long, so check it out and see if there are any series you’re watching as well.

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Souma. There wasn’t a way I wouldn’t watch this – it’s been on my list since I picked up the first volume of manga! You can find more of what I have to say about Food Wars here.

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?. I picked up the light novel version of this series back in December just based on how ridiculous that title is. As it turns out, it’s a fun read, filled with great action scenes and good world-building. I’m just hoping the show won’t disappoint.

My Love Story! (Ore Monogatari!). This series may seem like a total 180 from the types of series I normally enjoy: it’s about a tall and scary-looking guy who just wants to have a sweet love story with a nice girl. I’ve got the first volume of the manga, which is published as My Love Story! by Viz, and I’m looking forward to seeing it as a show because I think it’s absolutely hilarious.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. This is another series I’ve been looking forward to since reading the manga – it was available on Crunchyroll Manga for quite some time, and I think it’s still available for premium users. A shonen comedy – but I’ll let you check it out on your own.

Rinne. Confession: I freaking love Rumiko Takahashi. So much. Inuyasha was my first anime, and Rinne – which features a boy who’s part Shinigami – so far handles a lot of themes I love seeing in Takahashi’s work, especially the experiences of someone who’s biracial. But more on that later.

Uta no Prince-sama Maji Love 3000%. Yeah. That title. This series is about a boy idol group whose members are all in love with the same girl. Yeah… but the music is fun, and it’s a series you’ll just have fun with. This is the third season.

With my time at graduate school coming to an end, I’m looking forward to checking out tons of anime with all the free time I’m expecting to have. (Ha!) What anime are you watching this spring?


New review at Girls in Capes: A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER

This week, I review A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER by Alex Marshall at Girls in Capes! Here’s a short preview of my review of this adult epic fantasy:

In what is possibly the actual greatest scene of any fantasy novel ever, Zosia discovers that her imposter’s been wearing some sort of metal bikini-like thing and tells her that if she takes no other advice, put some real clothes on.  Meta, but also hilarious.

Check out the article here.


March 2015 Books Completed

March was a catch-up month for the 100 Books Challenge.  I did decently in February, but January’s tiny list left me scrambling a bit for the year.

But I managed to get a good chunk read in March!  Part of it related to the books I read for one of my current classes at Rosemont.  More of it related to my internship — both books represented by the agency I’m at and books that might influence me there.

You may notice that the ratings of these books are extremely high, especially for my tastes.  I’ve gotten pretty picky of late — if something starts to bore me, I just put it down.  And out of these ten (!) books, there was really only one I found on the less-engaging end, but as a nonfiction book, it still delivered the necessary information.

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